Police Squad!: Season 1, Episode 3

The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand) (18 Mar. 1982)

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The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan North ...
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Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
Executed Man
Ed Williams ...
William Duell ...
Lilibet Stern ...
Byron Webster ...
Ken Michelman ...
Peter Elbling ...
The Mime


The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.

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19 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The third episode of 'Police Squad' isn't as falling down funny as the first two; the gags just don't come as fast and furious as usual. That said, it's still wacky and loose enough to serve as a solid alternative to blander contemporary sitcoms. Leslie Nielsen is still perfect at playing it totally straight as not terribly bright police detective Frank Drebin. This time Drebin is on a kidnapping case; rich girl Terri Burton (Lilibet Stern) has been taken by a criminal who's holding her for ransom. It's up to Drebin and boss Ed Hocken (Alan North) to find and save Terri by the deadline. Robert Goulet, who would join Nielsen as the villain in the second "Naked Gun" feature film, plays the standard ill-fated special guest star, kicking things off well. Some of the inspired gags include the identity of a killer running amok at the zoo, and the spin that the episode puts on shootouts when Drebin "covers" Hocken. Johnny the shoeshine guy (William Duell) shows off his smarts to Tommy LaSorda. Lab guy Ted Olson (Ed Williams) figures that whoever is holding Terri has to be near the waterfront. One priceless line occurs when Drebin says that he and Hocken "drove around for two hours for no reason, and came up with nothing." Peter Lupus of 'Mission: Impossible' makes his debut as Norberg, the role eventually played by O.J. Simpson in the feature films. The freeze frame gag at the end is a riot as always. But the highlight of the episode has to be the ingenious staging of the delivery of the ransom demands, when Drebin, Hocken, and Norberg are required to play charades with a mime. A decent, if not spectacular, episode.

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